Farm Blog

Rye cover crop taking off this fall

Posted November 13, 2020


Cover crops are plants that are planted to cover the soil rather than for the purpose of being harvested.

Cover Crop

Posted October 19, 2020

Cover crop is emerging surprisingly well given the dry conditions this fall. Looking to supress weeds and make some good cattle forage using cereal rye ahead of planting the acres to soybeans next growing season. 


Wyffels WHO Plot

Posted October 5, 2020

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Another season of the corn cam into the weigh wagon. Thanks to Wyffels for their participation and Van Wall Equipment for the lease of the combine. Contact Doug Pooch for plot results and to discuss Wyffels Hybrids 515- 321- 9268. ​

Ags 101 Fence Building

Posted October 1, 2020


​​​Beautiful day for some friendly competition in the fence building activity held in the AGS 101 Working with Animals. Students were given a scenario and asked to construct the appropriate livestock fence to handle the given scenario. Judged on accuracy, teamwork, and knowledge of the scenario. ​

Fly Over

Posted September 18, 2020

​Thanks to Iowa Cover Crop for flying on this year’s rye cover crop! The DMACC Dallas County Farm uses cover crops to suppress weeds in rotated soybean acres, and as a forage to graze cattle on in the fall and early spring months.



Posted September 4, 2020


A group of students help cover the silage pile after labs.​

Corn Silage Chopping Process

Posted September 4, 2020


The red tractor has a front blade that levels the silage pile and it packs the silage bunker by driving oxygen from the pile to induce the ensiling process in which anaerobic bacteria go to work. Makes great cattle feed!​

What a View!

Posted September 4, 2020


Glad to be back in session at the farm! What a view as herd grazes in the background.

Ag 101: Working with Animals

Posted September 4, 2020


Swine and beef terminology day at the DMACC Farm. Finishing up exit tickets after discussing animal terms and vewing live animals in the Ags 101 working w animals course​

Meet Buster Bear, DMACC's entry in the 2020 Iowa Governor's Charity Steer Show!

Posted August 10, 2020


Buster Bear was raised by Grant Borkowski (center), a 2020 graduate of the Glidden-Ralston Community School District. The duo earned Grand Champion Market Steer and Reserve Supreme Champion Market Animal honors at the Carroll County 4-H Show during the Carroll County Fair.

DMACC is marking its 19th year as a steer sponsor at the Iowa Governor's Charity Steer Show, which will be held on August 15 at the Hansen Agricultural Center at Iowa State University. The annual show usually takes place at the Iowa State Fair, which was canceled this year.

Every summer, Iowa Governor's Charity Steer Show sponsors (such as DMACC) purchase a steer from an Iowa 4-H member upon the completion of their respective county fair. From there, the 4-H member takes care of the animal until the show, where the animal is weighed in and shown by a celebrity representative selected by the sponsor.

This year, current DMACC Agribusiness student and Mark Pearson FFA Leadership Scholar Morgan Knapp of Bloomfield will show DMACC's steer. Knapp, a graduate of Davis County Community Schools, was a contestant in the American Angus Association's 2020 Miss American Angus Competition.

The animals are evaluated by a beef judge, and then sold in a charity auction at the close of the show. All proceeds from the auction go to Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Iowa.

Over the years, DMACC-sponsored steers have brought in more than $177,000 for RMHC, and the show has raised nearly $4 million since it began in 1983!

If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to RMHC as part of DMACC's steer sponsorship, please email DMACC Agribusiness Professor Travis Lautner at​ by August 13.

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DMACC Student Selected for World Food Prize Foundation's George Washington Carver Internship

Posted August 3, 2020

​Sydney Garrett, a current Mark Pearson FFA Leadership Scholar at DMACC, was one of 16 college students selected to participate in the World Food Prize Foundation's prestigious George Washington Carver Internship Program this summer.​ Read more!​


DMACC President Rob Denson Interview

Posted July 29, 2020

​Rob Denson's day job is ​President of Des Moines Area Community College, but as a former 4-H'er and 17-year veteran of the Governor's Charity Steer Show, he likes to moonlight as "Celebrity Coach" for the show. Listen to his advice: ​​


Champion Seed Facebook Post

Posted July 27, 2020

Plot Signs

Posted July 22, 2020

Plot signs in field

Plot signs are up on the DMACC Plots! Thanks to the participants.

» See previous years results


Posted July 21, 2020

​Corn cam looking good at pollination.


Baling the Rye Cover

Posted June 5, 2020

Thanks to DMACC Agribusiness alum Zach Smith for baling the rye cover at DMACC Dallas County Farm.


Thanks Wilkerson Farms!

Posted June 5, 2020

One of two Charolais bulls turned out to the DMACC cowherd. Thanks to Wilkerson Farms for parting with such quality livestock!


Summer Litters Arriving Daily.

Posted June 5, 2020

We had hoped to use these animals for swine class held in the summer, but nonetheless they will be grown up and fed into our meat market. 


Cutting the Rye Cover Crop

Posted June 5, 2020

Cutting the rye cover crop at DMACC Dallas County Farm. We will no till soybeans into the rye stubble. This practice has proven weed control benefits to our soybean cash crop along with producing great cattle forage and added soil benefits! 


Macke Farms Internship

Posted May 13, 2020

​Payton M moving cattle off corn stalks at her Macke Farms internship in North Central IA





R& B Feeds Internship

Posted May 12, 2020

Codgill Farm Supply Internship

Posted May 11, 2020

​Dominic F sorting and delivering feed from his internship at Cogdill Farm Supply in western IA


KMR Internship

Posted May 11, 2020

​Mariah G sorting seed and getting ready to plant research plots from her internship  at KMR near Carroll, IA ​


Farmers Coop Internship

Posted May 11, 2020

​Travis S. treating seed from his internship at Farmers Coop  in western IA


Dallas County DMACC Classroom Project

Posted April 20, 2020


A project was recently wrapped up at the Dallas County Human Services Campus, giving Des Moines Area Community College a new facility to use in their agriculture education program.

The old bus barn at the campus, located north of Adel, was repurposed into two classrooms and a lab space. The idea came from DMACC professors and County officials, who sought to put the long dormant barn to good use. The project was then designed by architecture firm the Farnsworth Group, and Joe Cover’s Construction was selected to execute the remodel, which cost around $95,000. The contractor ran into a few bumps along the way, including a family of raccoons that made a home in the facility over the winter, but they were able to finish earlier this month.

Dallas County Operations Director Rob Tietz told the Board of Supervisors that he had visited the site to see the finished product, and said he was very impressed. At their most recent meeting, the Board approved the final payments to Cover, including the release of retainage and certificate of completion. DMACC will start using the classrooms next school year.